"Is any among you sick? Let him call for the presbyters of
the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with
oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save
the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has
committed sins, he will be forgiven" (James 5:14-15).
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC):
- 1524 In addition to the Anointing of the Sick, the Church offers those
- who are about to leave this life the Eucharist as viaticum. Communion
- in the body and blood of Christ, received at this moment of "passing over" to the Father, has a particular significance and importance. It is the seed
- of eternal life and the power of resurrection, according to the words of
- the Lord: "He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and
- I will raise him up at the last day." The sacrament of Christ once dead
- and now risen, the Eucharist is here the sacrament of passing over from
- death to life, from this world to the Father.
- 1525 Thus, just as the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist form a unity called "the sacraments of Christian initiation,"
- so too it can be said that Penance, the Anointing of the Sick and the Eucharist as viaticum constitute at the end of Christian life "the
- sacraments that prepare for our heavenly homeland" or the sacraments
- that complete the earthly pilgrimage.
Continue reading about this beautiful Sacrament and gift of the Church
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See Catechism of the Catholic Church - Sections 1499-1532 http://www.usccb.org/catechism/text/pt2sect2chpt2art5.shtml